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Freak Show: Presenting Human Oddities for Amusement and Profit (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 15 mag 1990

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Robert Bogdan is professor of special education, cultural foundations of education, and sociology at Syracuse University.

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3.0 su 5 stelle Three Stars 7 giugno 2016
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4.0 su 5 stelle Oddities on Parade 11 giugno 2012
Di RCM - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile
One does not need to be a fan of the cirucs or amusements along those lines to be intrigued by Robert Bogdan's examination of freak shows. In "Freak Show: Presenting Human Oddities for Amusement and Profit," Bogdan traces the roots and heyday of freak shows with alacrity, intelligence, and respect. This thoroughly researched work is filled with pictures and artifacts (some rather gruesome in their subject) that furthers Bogdan's examination of freak show history.

Beginning in the mid-1800s to around 1940, freak shows were a staple of amusement in the United States. At a time when strange creatures and humans from foreign coutries were unknown to those in other countries it was easy to startle and entertain with these fascinating exhibits. Who now can imagine what it would be like to live in a world where a giraffe was an unknown, fascinatingly strange creature. It is so common to us today that at times it is hard to conceive how people could be taken in by some of the fabricated freaks (or gaffs as they were known as). The lack of scientific and medical knowledge allowed freak shows to propser, especially those that featured people we now know as mentally handicapped, because their conditions were unidentified at the time. True, real oddities existed - the super-tall or super-small, the armless or legless wonders, the Siamese twins - but freak shows also cast their lot in created freaks - fake "savages" from foreign lands, "wild" children, island cannibals, and tattooed marvels in a day and age when tattooing was not common, but rather a sure sign of savage heathens.

Bogdan covers the real as well as the fake, those who made themselves feaks and those who were forced to be labled as freaks. Knowing what we do today, it is incredible to think that this was allowed to happen, but humans are so curious and so struck by differences that we find it hard not to gawk at these oddities, whether they are on stage or passing us on the street. At times Bogdan's work reads a lot like a thesis and it is a little redundant and recursive at times, but that is likely due to the fact that the author had a lot of ground to cover. It is evident that Bogdan is not attempting anything like exploitation of his topic, for he treats it with profound respect and honestly, even assessing the freak show's ancestors of today. It is an interesting, although sometimes dry, read about a fascinating topic even for someone who has no interest in the circus whatsoever.
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5.0 su 5 stelle A great introduction to the sociology of deviance 15 novembre 1999
Di Un cliente - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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I have been using Freak Show in my Introduction to Sociology class since it has been published. I find the book to be a great way to introduce students to a qualitative approach to the sociology of deviance. Bogdan's fresh approach to the material makes the experiences of the so-called "freaks" come alive. Discussion that ensues covers the range from the construction of disabilites, how non-white "races" were constructed as "inferior," and the way modern-day "Freak shows" live on in TV-talk shows. I have frequently cast about for a newer supplemental reading to offer my students, but have always come back to Freak Show. And for all you non-professors out there, I recommend the book as a great read!
5.0 su 5 stelle Excellent book. 11 dicembre 2012
Di Peter Huston - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Just a quick review (more of a vote really), I read this a couple years ago and really enjoyed it and felt I learned a lot. It contains much well researched material on not just the history of "freak shows," but also on related subjects like the history of museums and the history of scientifically classifying different kinds of humans. I thought it was great.
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5.0 su 5 stelle For Young and Old Alike! 22 gennaio 2008
Di J. D. Radcliffe - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile
I was afraid that this was going to be one of those hand-wringing tsk-tsk-tsk books with pretenses to sociology. Not a bit of it! It's a well-researched and pleasant history of just what we all want to read about and see at the sideshow. It is particularly uplifting to know that many of these "freaks" are equananimous about their condition, and don't consider themselves particularly ill-treated. The belief that they are sad creatures whom fate has done poorly by, is simply our own condescension.